In an effort to support a racially and ethnically diverse student population, to help strengthen the pipeline of diverse CPA talent and to promote diversity in accounting, The Dhaliwal-Reidy School of Accountancy at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management has announced its collaboration with the Deloitte Foundation in the Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program (DFASP).
Launched in 2021, the DFASP works in parallel with Deloitte’s* MADE (Making Accounting Diverse and Equitable), a $75 million commitment to fuel greater racial and ethnic diversity in accounting and tax and generate more opportunities and leadership pathways for the next generation of certified public accountants (CPAs). The Deloitte Foundation expects to fund $30 million in scholarships for students over the next several years, including students interested in pursuing a fifth-year master’s degree in accounting, master’s of tax or master’s of accounting with a concentration in audit, advisory or tax through the Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program. The Deloitte Foundation is collaborating with nearly 20 participating colleges and universities across the U.S., including the Dhaliwal-Reidy School of Accountancy at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management, in an effort to increase representation of racially and ethnically diverse students in these programs. DFASP participating schools and the Deloitte Foundation will cover 100% of tuition (excluding books and living expenses) for selected students.
“The Deloitte Foundation helps accelerate innovation and equity in education to build pathways to opportunity for the workforce of tomorrow,” said Erin Scanlon, Deloitte Foundation president. “We are very excited to bring the Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program to more colleges and universities this year to engage more diverse students in pursuing a career in accounting or tax.”
“We are extremely proud to collaborate with the Deloitte Foundation in the spirit of supporting and growing a diverse student population and strengthening the pipeline of diverse talent entering the CPA profession,” says Shyam Sunder, director of the Dhaliwal-Reidy School of Accountancy at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management and Lou Myers Professor of Accounting. “We encourage students that have an interest in pursuing a career in public accounting to learn more about how we can help support their aspirations through this important program.”
“I’m thrilled that the Deloitte Foundation is helping to diversify the accounting profession – in Arizona and beyond,” says Ken Udenze, Arizona marketplace leader and managing partner, Deloitte LLP. “The DFASP is one way to help alleviate financial barriers for students pursuing a graduate accounting degree. I look forward to witnessing the great work they accomplish in their careers.”
Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are open. Interested students should apply for admission to the Dhaliwal-Reidy School of Accountancy at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management, and then separately apply to be considered for the DFASP, both by March 1. Each school will select the scholarship recipients.
For more information, visit the Dhaliwal-Reidy School of Accountancy at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management website, or visit the Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program website.